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BLOG TOUR**~**My Clarity by M. Clarke – Review, Teasers, and GIVEAWAY!!!

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Still reeling from the death of her father, Alexandria hopes to find both independence and reprieve from her grief by heading off to college. However, life throws her a serious curveball when she discovers that her roommate isn’t quite the person she had imagined.

Smoking, tattoos, and street racing for fast cash are Elijah’s only interests. A harsh life has made him apathetic and indifferent, until Alexandria enters his life. When their paths cross, turmoil abounds.

An inevitable encounter, an undeniable attraction, and an unexpected chance at love-will it be enough?

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Here is what bloggers are saying about the early ARC. “Grab your tissue box, it will come in handy as M. Clarke/Mary Ting pulls each tender heart string right from the beginning of this touching love story!”

“At first glance, no one would believe Elijah’s tough guy exterior hides a genuine and giving heart. But, you cannot help whom you fall in love with and when opposites attract, the chemistry is undeniable!” –InD’tale Magazine

M. Clarke/Mary Ting blew me out of the water with this book. I am in awe and in love with this epic tale. Elijah Cooper is now my #1 book boyfriend. Sammie’s Book Club, for book lovers

“Through the darkness of our pasts, we are all looking for a little clarity. For Alexandria, Elijah could be just that. My Clarity is a story of love and hope, that through the hardest times we find clarity in each other.”Spare Time Book Blog

“Elijah & Alex sizzle in this wonderful page-turner by M. Clarke. I absolutely could not put it down! This book was 5 stars amazing!” Janie, CrossAngeles

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**A complimentary copy was provided by the author for blog tour**

~~ 4 Emotional Stars ~~

What an emotional roller coaster. If you are a fan of Angst and Sexual Tension…then this is the book for you. This is my first book by this author. I really enjoyed this book. The only negative I had with it was that I thought there was too much angst and sexual tension. I would’ve liked to see Elijah and Alex get together sooner. I don’t feel like we got to see enough of their relationship beyond their roommate/friendship status. With that said this book was still enjoyable. It was also a book that had a pretty powerful message in the end. It shows you how quick things can change and no one is guaranteed a Happily Ever After. This story teaches you that you should live everyday like it’s your last because you just don’t know what life will deal you. The flow and pace of the story was very well written. I also loved that this was in dual POV!!!!

“Life is too short. Don’t dwell on the bad, make it better.”….Elijah

This book had my emotions all over the place. I was crying right away in the prologue. Then I was laughing, smiling, swooning, yelling, and then of course I was crying again. (There is a scene towards the end that just gutted me) You will need to see what I am talking about. Even though I did cry quite a bit during this book, I did end up with a smile on my face at the end. I LOVED the ending of this book and the epilogue!!!!

In this book we meet a group of friends who all go to college together and live by each other. That’s Elijah, Lexy, Dean and Seth. Alex is kind of just thrown into this group because she is going off to college and needs a place to stay. Her cousin Jimmy just graduated from said college and offers up his room to her. He tells her that her roommate is named Ellie…although Jimmy left out a very important detail. Ellie’s Gender. When Ellie (Elijah) meets Alex, I have to say that scene was pretty comical. You’ll definitely want to read that part 😉 Over the course of this book we got to see Alex and Elijah’s friendship grow. We also got to see how well Alex fit into this group of friends and watched as they formed there own family. Alex and Elijah were pretty much opposites, but they fit so well together. I just wish they wouldn’t have fought their feelings for so long. I really liked Alex’s character…she was a broken soul from losing her father, but she was such a strong person also. Elijah was all kinds of YUMMY!!!!

“Let me in Alex, I swear I’ll make it up to everyday. Let me be the one who gets to say you’re mine, the one who gets to take care of you, the one who gets to take your sadness away and replace it with happy memories, the one who get’s to hold you at night and tuck you into bed. I want to be with you.”….Elijah

How can you not swoon after reading that?!?!?!?! Elijah kind of reminded me of Travis from Beautiful Disaster. He was the definition of a “Bad Boy”. The one you hate to love but just can’t help it. You definitely need to meet him yourself.

I would recommend this book to anyone who really likes angst, and sexual tension. Also someone who loves a Bad Boy/Good Girl love story. I have to say that this book is listed as a New Adult, but to be honest with you I saw it more as a Mature Young Adult. There are some things/situations in this book that aren’t meant for kids under 17 to read about, but I guess since the characters are in college it kind of lumps it into the NA Genre. Like I said this was a very enjoyable read and definitely not my last book by this author.

~Jennifer H.

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Mary Ting resides in Southern California with her husband and two children. She enjoys oil painting and making jewelry. Writing her first novel, Crossroads Saga, happened by chance. It was a way to grieve the death of her beloved grandmother, and inspired by a dream she once had as a young girl. When she started reading new adult novels, she fell in love with the genre. It was the reason she had to write one-Something Great. Why the pen name, M Clarke? She tours with Magic Johnson Foundation to promote literacy and her children’s chapter book-No Bullies Allowed

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BLOG TOUR**~**Picture Perfect by Elisabeth Grace – Review and GIVEAWAY!!!

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Picture Perfect by Elisabeth Grace
(Limelight #2)
Publication date: March 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

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Being the daughter of a big-city mayor, twenty-one year old Skye Summers has giant shoes to fill in her first real job out of college. With the public spotlight on her family, and her dad’s expectations running high, she jumps at the chance to work side-by-side on an important project with her sexy new boss.

Playboy entrepreneur Landon Steele has built a successful entertainment PR firm and broken more than a few hearts along the way. He’s counting on his enthusiastic new assistant to help him expand his business into LA… until he discovers she’s a pampered rich girl who’s in the public spotlight as much as his famous clients. Still, he agrees to give her a chance, and soon the two are heating up the bedroom as well as the boardroom.

But when Skye’s ex-boyfriend threatens to reveal a dangerous secret from her past, her job, relationship with Landon, and her father’s career are suddenly all on the line. Will she be forced to leave Landon? Or will she pursue her heart, regardless of the cost?

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~~ 4.5 “Sexual Tension” Stars ~~

Elisabeth Grace has done it again….she created another FANTASTIC book!!!!  Picture Perfect is book 2 in her Limelight Series and I thought it was just as great as book 1 (Rumor Has It).  All of these books can be read as a standalone, which I personal like.  There is some character overlap from the previous book, but Elisabeth does a wonderful job filling in any spaces that would be caused by not reading the first book.

This was another fun and sexy read.  I thought the storyline was interesting and entertaining.  I was hooked all the way through.  The pace of the book was perfect, but the one negative I had about the book was that again I felt the resolution was to quick.  The “misunderstanding” came towards the end of the book and in turn makes the resolution of said problem a little rushed.  It in NO way took away from my enjoyment of the story.   The only other thing I wished would’ve been a little different would’ve been that we would’ve gotten to see Landon and Skye as a couple longer.  This book was chocked full of sexual tension and push and pull, that when they finally do admit their feelings, they are only together for a short time before the “misunderstand” came into play.  With that said…again it didn’t take away from completely enjoying and losing myself in this book.  But that is why I didn’t give it a full 5 stars.

This story was a fun, sexy and light read.  I think that has to do with the characters that the author has created.  We met Skye in Book 1 and I loved her character in that book, so I was completely excited when I saw she was getting her own book.  Skye is a fun loving, strong and independent character, but she also carried the weight of the world on her shoulders.  She is the daughter of a politician and is constantly having to remember to act properly so nothing tarnishes her fathers name.  That can be a lot of pressure for a 21 year old.  In this book she has decided to branch out on her own and get a place of her own and a job, so she can be self sufficient.  This is where Landon comes into the picture.  He is her boss!!!  I don’t want to go on about the storyline because it would give to much away…and you really need to experience their first meeting for yourself….LOL ( talk about steamy 😉 )  Landon was a fabulous character, but he was slightly broken from something his father did when he was in high school.  When the full story came out, my heart broke for Landon and what he had to deal with.  Let’s just say I understand completely why he has trouble trusting people.  I will say that Landon sure knows what to say to melt a girl’s panties 😉  You definitely want to meet him.

I would 100% recommend this book/series to everyone.  If you are looking for that fun, sexy, light love story between two people who shouldn’t really be together (kind of forbidden….Boss/Employee situation) and love a story that has ALOT of sexual tension and push and pull, then this is the story for you!!!!  Don’t miss out on meeting these characters.  You won’t be sorry 🙂

~Jennifer H.

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I have a soft spot for romance novels with happily ever afters and a hot spot for alpha males! I currently live outside Toronto, Canada with my hubby and two small children. Life is busy, but never to busy for a good story and to share my love of reading and writing with others.

My debut New Adult Contemporary Romance, Rumor Has It, releases December 6, 2013.

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RELEASE DAY**~**Very Wicked Things and Very Wicked Beginnings by Ilsa Madden-Mills


Because Ilsa Madden-Mills fell in love with her beautifully flawed characters in Very Wicked Things, she penned Very Wicked Beginnings as a prequel novella to the book, featuring the story of football star Cuba Hudson and ballerina Dovey Beckham.

Since May is Mental Health Awareness Month, all May proceeds from the sale of the novella will be donated to The Keith Milano Memorial Fund which benefits the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP).  www.afsp.org 




Title: Very Wicked Beginnings
Series: Briarcrest Academy #1.5, a prequel novella to Very Wicked Things
Release: May 13th
Author: Ilsa Madden-Mills
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Girls say I’m a walking, talking sex god. Guys call me Hollywood because my life is golden.  It’s not.

But, ESPN did rank me as a four star recruit, calling me one of the best defensive players since Briarcrest Academy opened its esteemed doors. So yeah, with football and a stellar GPA, my future seemed good.

Then Dovey Beckham shows up in her short skirts and ballet shoes. Driving me insane. Making me want to beg for her attention. 

But that wouldn’t happen, because Cuba Hudson didn’t beg for anything.

She walked around BA like she owned the place, and most days she looked right through me…the one
girl I couldn’t have.

So, of course, I made it my mission to claim her, to put her notch on my bedpost. Because no girl can resist the Heartbreaker of BA.

But I never planned on destroying her. 

I never planned on wrecking the one thing that could save me.

Welcome to Briarcrest Academy, where wicked love begins…and ends.

 






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The Keith Milano Memorial Fund was established to help raise awareness about the devastating and deadly disease that is mental illness. Keith’s spirit and laughter is kept alive through our efforts to increase awareness about mental illness and to raise money for education and imperative research. Keith often struggled with society’s perception of mental illness.  Our hope is that by having the strength to say that Keith was “Bipolar” we can strip away the stigma and help others to be more open about their disease. www.keithmilano.org

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Ballerina Dovey Beckham is a scholarship student at Briarcrest Academy, determined to prove she’s more than just a girl with the wrong pedigree. She does whatever it takes to succeed in her endgame, even if it means surrendering her body but never her heart.Until the day she meets him, and he rips apart all her well-laid plans. Suddenly, the girl everyone thought unbreakable might just shatter.

Cuba “Hollywood” Hudson is rich, spoiled, and a star football player. With his fast cars and superficial girlfriends, he lives the high-life, hiding his secrets from the world.

Until the day he meets her, and she offers him something he’s never tasted…love.

But once in a lifetime kind of love doesn’t come easy…especially when dirty money, past sins, and old flames threaten the very fabric of their lives.

Welcome to Briarcrest Academy, where sometimes, only the wicked survive.

 

 

Excerptfor Very Wicked Things
Book #2 of the Briarcrest Academy Series
by Ilsa Madden-Mills
 
I got out of the shower and dressed hurriedly, anxious to get back to Cuba.
The door opened, and like he did it every single day, he stepped inside the steamy bathroom.  
“Think I need a shower, too,” he said, his fingers easing off his football practice shirt.
What? Now?
Trying to play it cool and failing miserably, I moved my eyes off his naked chest and checked out his track pants and the obvious bulge he sported.
Oh.
Did his lower body match the rest of him? Was it all sinewy muscle and big?
Just, yeah. That thought got stuck in my head and went round and round.
 “You staying?” he asked, a grin working his face. Pleased at my open admiration, probably.
“No,” I said, but made no move to go. ‘Cause I had no shame when it came to catching a glimpse of his muscular body.
“Good,” he said, his smile broadening.
He pivoted to turn on the shower, and my eyes betrayed me again, admiring the muscles in his back, checking out how they twitched and rippled when he moved. Football and rowing had been good to him. My fingers itched to know how they’d feel underneath my hands. Which was stupid because we had nothing in common. Not a rich Highland Park boy and a poor girl from Ratcliffe.
And most importantly, he was a player, not to be trusted.
He hooked his thumbs into his pants, paused a moment—maybe waiting to see if I’d run from the room?—but when I didn’t budge, he slid them and his underwear off. My mouth opened. Cuba Hudson, the most popular guy at Briarcrest was standing right in front of me, naked and beautiful. And like the cocky bastard he was, he posed for me, his big-ass biceps and chiseled abs making me vibrate all over. Need for him slammed into me.
Did I say he was hot?
Well, I was wrong.
He was off-the-charts, no-holds-barred, freaking going make-me-lose-my-mind-right-there delicious. The ultimate man-candy, the kind I knew to stay away from, yet here I was, ogling him.
“Still leaving?” he asked huskily.
“Any minute,” I said in a weak voice, backing up to the wall and propping myself up. “Just chillin’. Shower wore me out. I might need to hold this wall up for a sec.”
“I want you to stay,” he said, eyes at half-mast, glowing with heat.
“Why?” I said, aching to touch him. But that was crazy. I was a virgin, and I didn’t know jack about touching a guy’s you-know-what.
“Look at me, Dovey.”
I tore my eyes from his manhood, blushing.
His eyes burned. “There’s a sense of urgency in my head. Like our time is limited.”
I nodded. Yeah, same here.
“And, I’ll be honest, I don’t want to rush you, but I’m dying to sink into you. I want to set you on
fire with need for me.” He ghosted his hands over the steel rod between his legs. Once, twice, and—holy shizzle, he didn’t stop.
My chest rose faster and faster, and I tried to chill-out, but I couldn’t.
He lowered his voice. “Kiss me again, Dovey.”
Oh. “That’s a terrible idea, Cuba. Cause you’re naked, and I’m turned on because you’re naked. And
you’re touching yourself. And you’re naked.” I sucked in a sharp breath. “Not a good combo. Odds are we’ll end up in that shower together or back in your bed doing the double-backed monster.”
“Then join me in the shower. I’ll be good. For you.” He arched his back, his hands still doing that
back and forth that was driving me insane.
Liar, liar, pants on fire, I thought. No way he would he be good.
Because he was the Heartbreaker of Briarcrest Academy. And one wicked boy.
 
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Ilsa Madden-Mills writes about strong heroines and sexy alpha males that sometimes you just want to slap. She spends her days with two small kids, a neurotic cat, and her Viking husband. She collects magnets and rarely cooks except to bake her own pretzels. When she’s not typing away at a story, you can find her drinking too much Diet Coke, jamming out to Pink, or checking on her carefully maintained chocolate stash. She loves to hear from fans and fellow authors.

 
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BLOG TOUR**~**Blissful Surrender by BJ Harvey – Review and GIVEAWAY!!!

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This is a story of Sean Miller, a dom that will have your panties diving for cover with an eyebrow quirk. That will have even the strongest woman dropping to their knees in submission with a piercing stare, and Samantha Richards, a female cop who’s tough, seemingly impenetrable shell is strong enough to resist everyone except the one man it was build up to protect her against. 

**Disclaimer – If you thought the first two Bliss books were hot, you ain’t seen nothing yet. Creative use of handcuffs, batons, a club scene you have to read to believe, and a tough as nails dominant who is blindsided when the one woman strong enough to disarm him threatens his resolve not to let his past dictate his future.**

Like the other books in the Bliss series, this book can be read as a stand alone. There are common characters in the books but it is not necessary to read the first two books in the series to read this one.

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~~ 5 “Addicted to Sean Miller” Stars ~~

What can I say except that I absolutely LOVE this series.  BJ Harvey has created a cast of characters and story lines that I am totally addicted to.  As with the first 2 books in this series…this storyline and writing is flawless.  This was also a quick read like the others, I was able to finish it in less then a day, but I am guessing that is because I couldn’t put it down.  I am always left with a HUGE smile on my face when I finish one of her books in this series.  She really knows how to write a story that you feel like you are a part of the book.  The fact that we met Sean in book 1 (Temporary Bliss) and now we got his story, you can’t help falling deeper in love with this man.  This book will have you laughing at times, sad at times, blushing most of the time, and definitely falling in love!!!!  I can’t tell you how wonderful this book was!!!  I truly don’t think my reviews can do this series justice, you really need to read these books!!!!!

We met Sean in book 1, like I said before, and I was so excited to find out that he would be getting his own story.  (Although I have felt that way about all the characters we met in book 1)  I knew Sean’s story was going to be an interesting one, because of his background and the fact that he is a Dominant looking for his sub.  What I didn’t realize is that his story was going to be a second chance love story.  I am truly a sucker for those types of stories.  I love when lost loves are reunited after many years apart.  That is what this story is about.  Sean and Sam dated in college for over a year, but then somebody decided to but in and play on Sam’s insecurities breaking them apart.  (It killed me to know who the person was)  Now 10 years later Sean and Sam are thrusted back into each others lives because of his troublesome brother.  Sam is a Chicago Police Officer.  We met he in the end of Book 2 ( True Bliss – Zander and Kate’s Story )  Sean’s brother gets himself into some deep trouble and the police are called and that is why Sam shows to help him out.  This is how Sam and Sean reunite.  From there we are now reading a cat and mouse story….there was a lot of push and pull on Sam’s side, because she didn’t want to admit that she still had feelings for Sean.  Well let me tell you he didn’t give up…not once.  I really liked Sam’s character.  I liked that she was strong willed and was willing to stand up to anyone who challenged her views.  This was a big change from her college years.  I also loved that she had a softer side, vulnerable per say.  Watching her and Sean reconnect and realize the love they had for each other was wonderful.  Sean was an amazing character as well.  Talk about a man who by nature is a Dominant, but boy did he have a sweet and caring side as well.  And talk about a panty melter….WOW 😉  You definitely want to meet him for yourself.

As for secondary characters…we are introduced to a couple new ones….Ryan (Sean’s Brother), Helen (Sam’s BFF) and Rico (Sam’s Friend and Helen’s Fiance)  I loved each one of them.  Helen and Rico were hilarious.  They kept me laughing quite a bit.  They were also a strong support system for Sam.  Since they were with her back when her heart was broken with Sean in College.  As for Ryan….I liked him as well.  I kind of hope he gets a spin-off book.  I think there is quite a story there.  I was glad to see that he was getting his sh*t together by the end of the book.  Now he just needs to find love himself.

This book is listed that it is a Standalone, and that is true, because we really didn’t see anyone from the previous books, except for Zander and Kate briefly.  Ms. Harvey does a fantastic job filling any missing pieces someone might have if they haven’t read the first 2 books.  Now my recommendation is that you read this SERIES in order.  Yes you can read this book by itself, but I honestly would read all the books (In Order)  You get the full effect and story behind all the characters if you read the complete series.  This book/series is definitely one I will recommend to my friends and one I will read again and again 🙂  Pick this book up….you won’t be sorry!!!!!

**As a side note ::  For anyone who is debating about this book because of my review stating the Dominant/submissive theme…don’t fret.  This is definitely on the lighter side of BDSM…if you even want to call it that.  There is light bondage and some spanking but that is as far as it goes. **

~Jennifer H.

 

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PROMO BLITZ**~**Strings of the Heart by Katie Ashley – Excerpt and GIVEAWAY!!!

Title: Strings of the Heart
Author: Katie Ashley
Expected Release: May 12th
Twenty year old, Allison Slater has been in love with her brother’s bandmate, Rhys McGowan, since she was fifteen years old. But to him, she’ll always be Jake’s little sister and off limits. Now a college sophomore and licking her wounds from a bad breakup, she sets her sights on making Rhys see her as someone he could date…maybe even love. Her opportunity comes when Rhys visits his parents in Savannah where she is attending college. But the night she’s dreamed of turns to heart-break, and she realizes she’ll never be the one for Rhys.
For Rhys McGowan, his nightmare began when he woke up, naked and hung-over, next to his bandmate’s little sister. Unable to remember a thing from the previous night, he only makes matters worse by lying to Allison about not being interested in her. The truth is he’s spent the last year to ignore his body’s reaction whenever Allison is around. His resolve is tested when Allison comes on tour with Runaway Train, as both Jake and Abby’s nanny and to fulfill her fashion design internship. The more time he spends with her in the close quarters of the bus, the harder it is for him to resist.
Will Rhys realize that having a relationship with Allison is worth fighting for even if it means that he has to fight his best friend for a chance?
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“Take a shot,” he commanded, his expression tense, his eyes unreadable.
Goosebumps pebbled my arms at his assertiveness. I wasn’t used to him being so forceful. For a moment, I couldn’t process his words. It was like the tone of the entire conversation had veered off course. Reluctantly, I followed his orders. When I started to reach for a lime, he stopped me. As I eyed him curiously, he took the shaker of salt in his hand. Tilting his head, he shook the bottle along his neck. Then he leaned over and brought the shaker to my neck. My chest rose and fell in harsh pants at the nearness of him. But most of all, it was the way the tension crackled in the air between us. Nothing really had been spoken out-loud, nothing had been done to change things, but in that moment, everything was different.
“Take a shot,” he repeated.
With trembling fingers, I reached for the glass. I took it in one hand and the lime in the other. Leaning forward on the stool, I dipped my head down to his neck. My lips hovered over the warmth of his skin. Flicking out my tongue, I brought it against the stubble on his neck. Rhys sucked in a harsh breath at the contact. Slowly, my tongue trailed upwards over the faint line of salt, eliciting a small groan from Rhys.
Once I finished, I pulled away. I didn’t dare look at Rhys—my skin burned just from the intensity of the stare I felt on me. Tipping up the glass, I downed it in one fiery gulp. As my eyes pinched shut in pain, I slammed the lime against my lips. My teeth cut through the fruit, as my mouth sucked off the juices. When I swallowed again, a shiver echoed through me.
I opened my eyes to find Rhys still staring at me. His dark eyes shone with an intensity that I would’ve given anything to know what he was thinking. He reached for his glass and lime. His eyes never left mine as he bent over. I tilted my head to give him better access. At the feel of his warm tongue on my neck, I shuddered, and I remained trembling even after he pulled away. He then downed the tequila without even bothering with the lime.
“Another?”
“Yes.”
We repeated the process again. And again. Until we had downed five shots and licked and sucked our way up each other’s necks. My skin still tingled from the feel of his tongue. Of course, my entire body was tingling from the strong alcohol pumping through every cell and molecule. It made me feel so alive. While it had just been his tongue on my neck, the feel of his hands as they brushed on my shoulders, whispered across my collarbone, had driven me crazy. I could only fantasize that his tongue was following the same path across my chest and down to my breasts.
More than anything in the world, I wanted this man, and tonight I was going to get my wish. From the lust-filled looks he been giving me, along with the groans of pleasure when I had licked his skin, I knew what was going to happen. I was finally going to have Rhys.
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You and Tequila – Kenny Chesney
Weakness in Me – Joan Armatrading
Am I The Only One -Melissa Etheridge
You’re beautiful–James blunt
Say something – A great Big World
Portland, Oregon—Jack white and Loretta Lynn.
Same Mistake – James Blunt
Goodbye My Lover – James Blunt
Conga – Gloria Estefan
Drunk in Love – Beyonce

Katie Ashley is the New York Times, USA Today, and Amazon Best-Selling author of The Proposition. She lives outside of Atlanta, Georgia with her two very spoiled dogs and one outnumbered cat. She has a slight obsession with Pinterest, The Golden Girls, Harry Potter, Shakespeare, Supernatural, Designing Women, and Scooby-Doo.

She spent 11 1/2 years educating the Youth of America aka teaching MS and HS English until she left to write full time in December 2012.
She also writes Young Adult fiction under the name Krista Ashe.

 

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BLOG TOUR**~**Somebody Worth It by Nickie Nalley Seidler – Review, Teasers, and GIVEAWAY!!!!

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Millie has struggled over the years to keep the spark alive in her relationship. Starting at a young age her life has been a series of trials and tribulations, and it’s only getting more complicated. She’s followed stepping stones that she wasn’t always sure were leading her in the right direction, causing her to wonder if she is on the right path.

Her husband, Brian, loves her dearly, but has a poor way of showing it. Stress easily beats him down, and his own protective nature seems to fight against him. He’s shutting down, virtually ignoring and alienating the people around him when they need him the most.

Millie lost her job and they’re about to lose the house. On the verge of losing it all, she questions everything. Where did it all go wrong? How did they get to this point? However, the answers could be more unsettling than anticipated.

Hearts will be broken when long held secrets are revealed. Is a chance at happiness worth the destruction it leaves in its wake? Is it worth the risk? Worth the pain for everyone involved? Worth the effort? Is she somebody worth it?

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**A review copy was received from the author for an honest review**

4 Stars!

Holy freaking cliffhanger!!! Where the hell did that come from??!!?? Everything I thought about this story was just blown to shit…in a matter of seconds. I really am speechless. Give me a few minutes and then I will continue this review.

“We were sinking like the Titanic, and just like those people, we didn’t have enough life jackets to keep us from going under.”

Well, now that I have picked up my jaw and taken in all that happened, I will say that I very much enjoyed this story. Millie and Brian’s story is one of frustration, sex (lots of sex), and heartbreak. I swear if they weren’t fighting, they were fucking! Which means, I read this story in almost one sitting. Yep, I couldn’t put it down. But, truthfully, there were times that I was so annoyed with Millie that I wondered why I didn’t put my kindle down and walk away from it for a few hours. I found myself feeling sorry for Brian a few times and then I would be like, WTF for!!! Ugh…I just wanted to knock the both of them upside their heads. The hot and cold they had going on made me crazy. There was no in-between with these two. It was only the way or nothing at all. But, the hot was HOT when they were hot 😉

Then, because these two don’t already have enough drama going on, in walks Dean. I am not sure what to say about Dean. By the time he enters the story, I was already so damn frustrated with Millie and Brian, that I hardly gave him a second thought until towards the end. What a freakin’ mess these three have on their hands, but I gotta give it to the author by saying I was hooked. I couldn’t go on with life till I knew how things worked out.

“You didn’t have to give up on our marriage. You ruined it.”

Then when I thought everything was finally going to settle down and I could see the HEA in the distance, THE ENDING HAPPENED!!!! I cursed and I pouted, but now I have decided I must get over it and hope that I don’t have to wait very long to see what comes next for Millie, Brian, and Dean 🙂

~Jennifer L.

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Born and raised in the Chicago-land area, Nickie Seidler is a up and coming young author. Her new-found dream of being a writer has led to the completion of her fifth book. Nickie is married, and when not writing, enjoys cooking new recipes for them to try, water aerobics, car racing and spending quality time with family and friends.

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BLOG TOUR**~**Just Breathe by Tamara Mataya – Review and GIVEAWAY!!!

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New Adult Contemporary Romance

Releasing May 6, 2014

Published by Swoon Romance

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Twenty-one-year-old Elle Granger’s boyfriend broke up with her like a coward. He moved to another city without so much as a “goodbye.” Devastated and embarrassed, Elle told friends the break-up was mutual and she endured the heartbreaking split without support from the people she’s closest with. Instead, she embraced her librarian job as therapy and spent her nights medicated by a thick cloud of pot smoke. With her lungs, and heart, screaming for a break, Elle quits smoking cold turkey. Just when she’s about to ask for support from her friends, and let them in on the truth of Jason’s humiliating betrayal, her best friend moves to Spain.
Enter sexy-as-hell library patron Dominic, who literally knocks Elle off her feet during a memorable first encounter. Can he help her forget Jason’s very existence? He can sure try, and Elle is more than ready to let him. Dominic makes Elle feel wanted and special, and puts effort into coming up with dates that don’t set off her Synaesthesia. Just when Elle is starting to feel whole again, Jason returns, determined to reunite. His effusive apology and reasons for leaving are a balm to her battered ego, but she rebuffs his attention.
But nothing good can last forever, and Elle catches Dominic in a devastating lie. How could she have been so wrong about both Jason and Dominic? Is letting Jason back into her heart a safe bet since he has already proven he can’t be trusted? The wrong choice could see Elle’s happy ending go up in smoke. But when your only choices are the devils you know, all you can do is JUST BREATHE.

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Just Breathe was the first book I have read by Tamara Mataya.  I enjoyed the storyline of this book, but I have to say it didn’t WOW me.  I thought the writing style and flow of the book was wonderful and the pace moved the story along at the right speed.  What I did have a problem with was part of the storyline that I thought didn’t need to play such a huge part of the book.  I loved that this book was about a Librarian (Don’t see those very often as a heroine) and she was suffering from a condition I had never heard of before.  I thought including those factors really made this book stand out for me.  But like I said the author had a aspect of this heroine’s life play to big of a part of the story, and it made me uncomfortable, (recreational use of drugs) I felt she was condoning this type of behavior.  This is all in my opinion and what bothered me might not bother others.

I did like the characters she created, but I will say that I had a hard time connecting with Elle.  I really didn’t feel what she was feeling.  I can’t really explain why there was the disconnect, there just was.  Some of it might have to do with the extracurricular activity that Elle and her roommates had.  Like I said it made me uncomfortable, so that might be why I wasn’t able to connect with Elle.  Dominic on the other hand….I loved him.  I thought he was amazing.  The stuff he did for Elle and her condition was great.  He showed her that he didn’t care that she was living with a condition that made it hard for her to leave her house.  He did everything possible to make their dates special.  I have to say you don’t see many guys who go to these lengths just to date a woman.  He had me swooning for most of the book.

As for the secondary characters we meet, I really only liked Marie.  I thought she was a great friend to Elle and told her like it is.  I was kind of sad that she was cut from the story about half way through.  I know there were extenuating circumstances but I thought she could’ve kept a small part to the story.  I thought Kennedy and Nick weren’t the best friends to Elle.  She lived with them and they didn’t notice that something was really wrong after Elle’s Ex dumps her.  I have to believe that in a real life situation they would’ve noticed Elle behaving differently.  I think they were just too wrapped up in themselves and their bad habit.

As for recommending this book, I think it is worth the read.  I loved the love story and courtship between Elle and Dominic.  I wish it would’ve been more of the focus.  I also thought that the ending was rushed a little and kind of abrupt.  I thought that both Dominic and Elle were willing to forgive and brush things under the rug a little to quickly.  This book is a standalone with a completed story, but I wouldn’t mind another maybe novella, to really complete their story.

~Jennifer H.

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Tamara Mataya is currently a librarian; she lurked there for so long recommending books to patrons and shushing people, that she suspects they only hired her so it would be less creepy. Now she’s armed with a name tag, and a thin veneer of credibility. She’s also a musician with synaesthesia – which isn’t an issue until someone plays a wrong note, which makes her want to squirm inside out. It makes for a good live show.

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